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Mental Health

This is a term used to describe mental health whilst pregnant or in the postpartum period. This can be an existing mental health problem or one which occurs in pregnancy, birth or once your baby has been born. Perinatal mental health can impact both women/birthing people and/or their partners.

Some of the most common mental health problems people struggle with in the perinatal period are: Postnatal depression, Postnatal anxiety, Postnatal OCD, Trauma/PTSD, Postpartum Psychosis (seek immediate medical advice if you feel you or your partner are experiencing symptoms of psychosis).

All of these can have a big impact on you, your baby and bonding, as well as your relationships and how you feel you are managing your everyday life.

Becoming a parent can be really difficult and in my experience it can feel like we are expected to “just get on with it”. This can lead to a lot of parents struggling in silence and alone, thinking they are the only ones not coping. However around 1 in 4 mothers and 1 in 10 fathers are impacted in some way in the UK. This is why I have a particular passion about supporting people who feel they are struggling with their mental health whilst in the perinatal period.

Through therapy, I will support you to explore your experience, we will look at how this impacts your thoughts and emotions, as well as focusing on your identity in this next chapter of your life. 

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